Marlene zooms in on this Tinkerbell-sized hummer! “Here is a beautiful Hummingbird that I spotted at Jackfish Lake near Athabasca. This little guy was brave and hovered so I could take as many pictures as I wanted”. At incredible speeds they dart up, down, upside down – even backwards – and as we see here, show off their famous hover.
DID YOU KNOW? To hover, the wings beat horizontally in a flattened figure-of-eight pattern. The slight lift and drag forces balance out so that the bird hangs almost motionless. At top speed, the body is near-horizontal and the wings beat almost vertically to produce maximum forward thrust. And those beats are astonishingly fast - anywhere from 55 to 80 times a second!
GO WHATEVER SPEED IS WITHIN YOUR COMFORT ZONE AND MAKE TRACKS FOR THOSE GREAT OUTDOORS. FRESH AIR PHOTOS AIR ON BT EVERY MORNING AT 7:10 AND ARE FEATURED RIGHT HERE ON THIS BLOG. MAYBE TOMORROW WE’LL BE LOOKING AT YOURS!